Despite not being native to Japan, hedghogs have long been bred and sold as pets here. Residents can now visit the city's first hedghog cafe - a place where everyone can cuddle with the spiky animals.
In classrooms and corporations, young Japanese are forced to toe the line — but critics say it stifles individuality and initiative, while change will only come very gradually. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
A shrinking population and tighter household budgets mean that operators of short-stay hotels for amorous couples need to provide new experiences and seek out a new generation of clients. Julian Ryall reports.
A 27-year-old Japanese man has been arrested after police found several dismembered bodies in coolers in his apartment near Tokyo. The man's neighbors reportedly said they noticed a foul smell coming from the apartment.
Gross domestic product of the world's third-largest economy has grown in yet another quarter, making it the longest period of economic expansion in more than 16 years. But private consumption is losing steam.
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